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How one museum is repatriating Indigenous belongings

Category: Collections Stewardship

Canada has been making strides to bring justice to indigenous peoples, even promoting a bill to ensure a national strategy around the topic of repatriation. Zoe Tennant spoke with, Lou-ann Ika’wega Neel, one museum worker who is taking the issue to heart.

“Repatriation initiatives are on the rise in Canada and around the world. Repatriation is outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and it is considered an important part of reconciliation.”

– Zoe Tennant

When Lou-ann Ika'wega Neel moved from Alert Bay to Victoria at the age of seven, she started visiting the Royal B.C. Museum because it made her feel at home. The museum even houses some of her family's belongings. Today, Neel works at the museum as a repatriation specialist.

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